Research Project (Clinical and Forensic) B

PSY80092 25 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester/teaching period

Contact hours

  • Individual supervision

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

29 Jul 24 - 27 Oct 24

3 Dec 24

Last self enrolment:
11 Aug 24

31 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
13 Sep 24

Aims and objectives

The aims are to develop and extend:
• Skills in literature searching, plus review and integration of psychological literature.
• Advanced understanding of research methodology as applied to a moderately sized independent research project.
• Skills in psychological measurement and statistical or qualitative analysis applied to an independent research project.
• Practical research skills such as interviewing, recruitment of research participants, liaising with community organisations and completing ethics applications.
• Skills in presenting research proposals and findings both orally and in writing and to produce a 40,000 to 60,000 empirical research thesis that is an original and significant contribution to knowledge in the Clinical Psychology field.

Unit Learning Outcomes 
1. Cognitive skills to evaluate existing knowledge and ideas in relation to clinical and forensic psychology.
2. Critically evaluate existing knowledge and systematically reflect on theory and practice to design a research project that is likely to make a significant contribution to knowledge and practice.
3. Expertly conduct a literature review.
4. Demonstrate sophisticated communication skills to cogently present, in writing and orally, details of the literature review and plans for the research.

Courses with unit

A unit of study in the Doctor of Psychology (Clinical and Forensic Psychology).